Political Innovation: Prepping the conversation…

As I noted last night, Saturday’s Political Innovation event at NICVA is about developing ideas. There will be a few set piece session throughout the day, but the rest of the agenda will be decided on the morning. Our new user voice site proved a real boon in Edinburgh teasing out what subjects had popular support before the main event itself.

For Belfast we have a lot of votes for inventing a ‘new non sectarian left’ project (in two different proposals)… Nothing, yet, for a conversation on a new non sectarian right proposition. There’s a proposal from the Open Unionism blog founder editor Geoff McGimpsey for a conversation around:

…how can the blog stop being a publisher (of comment) and start to become an active player? There is a gap for unionist think tank that can agenda set via grassroots engagement. Can a blog fill that gap, and if so how?

You can continue to propose new ideas, comment on others and help shape them up and you’ll be given a bunch of votes, which you can allocate and then re-allocate to move certain ideas up to the top…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty